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How we began Ogun oil exploration drive- OGD

The Former Ogun state governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, on Sunday , said his administration is the brain behind the state’s oil exploration status.

Daniel in a statement congratulating governor Dapo Abiodun on the declaration of the state as a frontier state for oil exploration  made this known. 

He stated that, it is a fulfillment of the vision started by the establishment of the Gateway Oil and Gas Development Limited in 2003, by the Daniel’s administration.

Recall that on Friday, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPC) declared Ogun state as a frontier state for oil exploration.

The statement parrty reads: 

“ The recognition of Ogun State oil production status by NNPCL is especially heart-warming as it signposts the fulfilment of the vision kickstarted by the establishment of the Gateway Oil and Gas Development Limited in 2003 by the Daniel Administration, with immense support from former President Olusegun Obasanjo. 

“ In pushing for the recognition of Ogun State as an oil producing state, the Daniel Administration undertook three-dimensional seismic study of oil and other minerals deposits in the state. The seismic survey covered a vast stretch of the water body in Ode Omi in Ogun Waterside Local Government, all through the Laogo Island, Imobi, Itasin riverine areas in the Ijebu East Local Government and Tongeji Island in Ipokia Local Government Area. 

“ The study then sparked a $50 million investment pledge by PGS Exploration Nigeria Limited in April, 2004. Also, a large deposit of Phosphate was also discovered around Olusosun in Ifo Local Government area which necessitated the siting of the Gateway Fertilizer Company at Olusosun. 

“ The Ogun State Agro-Cargo Airport in Iperu/Ilishan and the Kajola FTZ in Ifo were conceived to provide Transport logistics hubs to support all these initiatives.

He however urged Abiodun to revisit the situation of the Gateway Industrial & Petro-Gas Institute (GIPI) established in 2006, and appealed for the pending construction of the Makun Omi Bridge via Efire, which was planned but failed to be realized.

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